ALFONSO THE WISE

William Potter

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Abstract: It is impossible to discuss the great figures in the history of medieval astronomy without mentioning the name of Alfonso X, "El Sabio," King of Castilc. Although his role was simply that of a patron, his influence was largely responsible for what may be considered the true rebirth of European astronomical interest. Don Alfonso (1221.1284) had behind him a great heritage. His father, Saint Ferdinand, had taken Toledo from the Moors, and it was expected that Alfonso would carry on that struggle. However, in spite of careful training for that task, Alfonso early showed himself more interested in literary, cultural, and scientific pursuits. It has even been charged that he allowed these interests to predominate to the extent of neglecting his kingdom during his reign (1252.1284). Although this charge is erroneous, it does, as do many such exaggerations, contain a germ of truth, for it certainly suggests that Alfonso’s fame rests upon his nonpolitical activities.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 4, Number 4
Pages: 165 - 167
Cite this article: Potter, William, "ALFONSO THE WISE", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 4, No. 4, 1954-1955, pp. 165-167.
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